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Washburn County, WI
WASHBURN COUNTY, WISCONSIN
A dozen northwestern Wisconsin counties have collaborated for years to promote snowmobile and ATV tourism with a joint map and website. Washburn County is in that region, offering a great Northwoods riding experience over a 240-mile network of funded, well-groomed routes with plenty of loop options. One of Wisconsin’s premier rail-trails, the Wild Rivers State Trail, bisects the county on its 104-mile north-south route connecting Superior to Rice Lake.
Trail Towns: Shell Lake, Spooner, Trego, Minong, Birchwood
Highlights: Wild Rivers State Trail, Wisconsin Great Northern train
Info: www.northwestwisconsin.com, or call 800-367-3306

MARQUETTE COUNTY, WISCONSIN
Snowmobilers drive through Marquette County on I-39 to destinations in Wisconsin’s Northwoods or the U.P., unaware they’re passing a great riding venue. Marquette County features a wonderful mix of forest and agricultural lands, with well-groomed trails that connect to numerous adjacent counties. Cruising over the rolling glacial terrain is a treat and there are several good starting points just off I-39, allowing you to get right onto the trails.
Trail Towns: Montello, Packwaukee, Endeavor, Oxford, Westfield, Harrisville, Neshkoro
Highlights: Buffalo Lake
Info: Trail conditions 24/7 hotline (608) 586-6272

TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA
If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing prodigious amounts of snow, California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains are one of the best places to find it. The area around Truckee is a remarkably scenic region where snowfalls are measured in feet. You’ll find nice trails, but the big attraction is boondocking through the powder on forest roads and other backcountry routes. For mountain sleds with deep paddle tracks and plenty of power, this place is heaven, so be ready to “go big or go home” lest you get lost in the deep stuff!
Highlights: Deep snow and boondocking opportunities galore
Info:  www.truckee.com, www.plumascounty.org
TEMISKAMING SHORES, ONTARIO
Ontario is a vast province with endless riding locales. Adjacent to the Quebec border, the vast and deep Lake Temiskaming is a geological curiosity that is situated over a fault in the earth, with dark volcanic rock cliffs on one shore and gray sedimentary limestone on the other. The trail network is a good one and connects to far-off destinations like Kirkland Lake, Timmins and Hearst, as well as with trails into Quebec. The shoreline at Haileybury features another curiosity – Canada’s largest mansion, an unfinished monstrosity abandoned before completion, easily viewed by snowmobilers from the ice.
Trail Towns: New Liskeard, Haileybury, Elk Lake
Highlights: Lake Temiskaming, Peter Grant’s mansion, Elk Lake Eco Centre
Info: www.northeasternontario.com/do/snowmobiling/

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
Nestled along the Mississippi River and on the Iowa border is a hidden snowmobiling treasure, part of the so-called driftless area not affected by any glaciers. The locals call it Bluff Country and that’s no exaggeration – the eastern half of Houston County is all hills and valleys, providing roller coaster experiences all day long and scenic vistas atop virtually every ridge. Best of all, the area boasts an absolutely amazing trail network with lots of loop routes and connections, making it suitable for two days of great riding. When this area gets snow of any amount, riders are in for a real treat.
Trail Towns: La Crescent, Caledonia, Houston, Money Creek
Highlights: Extensive trail network with numerous loop options of different lengths
Info: www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling/trailcontacts.html
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